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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011


Previously coded AAS2080


This unit undertakes an inter-disciplinary study of historical and contemporary approaches to Australian Indigenous land rights and native title. It critically examines law, legislation and historical and political approaches to Aboriginal land rights prior to the decision in Mabo vs The State of Queensland, the debates surrounding the Mabo case, Wik vs The State of Queensland, Members of the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Community vs Victoria, the Native Title Act, the Native Title Amendment Act, as well as a range of associated topics including the relationship between native title, history, heritage, anthropology, and archaeology.


Upon completion of this units students will be able to:

  1. Describe and critically compare both orally and in writing the major shifts in approaches to native title and land rights.

  1. Evaluate the prevailing attitudes which dominate current thinking about native title from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including law, history, anthropology and archaeology.

  1. Understand the importance of native title and land rights to social justice and reconciliation.

  1. Critically analyse legal, political and historical representations of native title and understand their relationship to debates concerning the cultural politics of representation and self-determination.

  1. Demonstrate both orally and in writing an understanding of native title debates in terms of historical and contemporary relations between Indigenous peoples and the law.


Written work: 90% (4500 words)
Oral presentation 10% (500 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Stephen Pritchard

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian Indigenous studies


First year Arts sequence or permission of coordinator